Mother nature is a power thing indeed and extreme weather can turn an ordinary scene into an extraordinary photo. Well, 2019’s most amazing weather images have been recognised as the winning photos from the Weather Photography of the Year contest have been announced.
Organised by the Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS), this year’s competitions saw over 5,000 images submitted and the overall winner of the contest was named as Gareth Mon Jones. Gareth’s winning image, entitled ‘Above My Expectations’ showed a blanket of cloud draped across Y Lliwedd, one of the flanks of Snowdon in North Wales. Gareth captured the image using a Nikon D810 DSLR, paired with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
Taking second place was Elena Salvai, who captured an intense lightning storm in the waters off Riomaggiore, Cinque terre, Italy. The image, taken on a Canon 5D MkIV was captured in a single frame, with no compositing. The image also picked up the ‘Public’s Winner’ award.
Third place in the competition went to Brian Bayliss, who captured the curious sight of a ‘snow-roller’ on a Wiltshire hillside in the UK. The rare sight was captured using an Apple iPhone 8.
The Young Winner award went to Hugo Begg, who captured a spectacular lightning strike and cloud formation over Trial Bay in Australia using a Pentax K-70 camera.
Runner-up in the Young WOPTY category was awarded to Ali Bagheri , who captured the rare sight of snow in Iran using a Canon 760D.
Also Highly Commended was this image by Andrei Bas, which was taken in northern Russia and shows the Aurora Borealis dancing above a frozen forest.
This beautiful frame by Patosan shows a young maiko (geisha apprentice) protecting herself from the rain with a traditional waxed silk umbrella, Kyoto, Japan and was captured using a Nikon D500 paired with a 70-200mm lens.
This Highly Commended image by Stu Short shows storm-chasers racing away from a monster supercell in New Mexico. The spectacular frame, entitled; ‘Comin’ ta Getcha’ was taken with a Canon 80D paired with a 16-300mm lens.
Bingyin Sun captured this epic landscape image that includes a unique cloud formation over an ice lagoon at Jökulsárlón, Iceland. Entitled; ‘Cinnamon rolls cloud’, the image was shot on a Canon 5D MkIV with a 24-70mm lens.